2008
Volleyball loses tough battle in NAC opener

Volleyball loses tough battle in NAC opener
September 16, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

Benedictine University's volleyball squad came out on the short end of its match at Concordia University Chicago, 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 28-26, 25-23) on Tuesday evening. It was the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC)opening match for the Eagles (5-7, 0-1 NAC). After dropping the opening set, Benedictine came back to take the second set by a 25-23 score. In the pivotal third set, Benedictine and the Cougars both missed out on set points before CUC was finally able to put the third frame in its column. The Cougars won the fourth set, 25-23, to close out the match. Sophomore Kayla Leyden had 21 of the Eagles' 51 kills as a team, as well as a .357 attack percentage for the match. Leyden also had a team-leading 20 digs and two serve aces. Junior Sarah Porod and senior Sierra Griffin each added eight kills, while Katie McGuire chipped in seven spikes. Setters Jessica Judge and Taylor Hoppe had 22 and 16 assists, respectively. Senior Amanda Distasio had 18 digs defensively for Benedictine. The Eagles will resume action on Thursday (September 18/7:00 p.m.) at Alverno College. For more Athletics News, visit the Athletics Web site.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.